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April 11, 2018

One week to go until the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2018

This year’s Antigua Classic Sailing Regatta schedule is jam-packed over six days, with the opening ceremony kicking off on Wednesday 18th April. If you haven’t chartered yourself one of these amazing yachts yet, don’t leave it too late, or you’ll miss out on taking part in an amazing regatta. The first out on the water is the single-handed race, which starts on Thursday at 2pm. Race 1, the ‘Old Road’, is on Friday, with race 2, ‘The Butterfly’ on Saturday. ‘The Kenny Coombs Memorial Cannon’, begins on Sunday, with the regatta concluding on Monday with the ‘Windward Race’. All four races are due to start at 10am, with prize giving at Nelson’s Dockyard on Monday at 8pm. Don’t miss the spectacular Classic Yacht parade at 1.30pm on Sunday at Nelsons Dockyard. Tuesday afternoon will see the traditional cream tea party being held at the Admiral’s Inn at 2pm.

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There are certain criteria that a yacht must meet to be able to enter the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Apart from stating the obvious, that they must have a traditional rig and style, they should also have a full keel, be of moderate to heavy displacement, and built of wood or steel. Concessions have been made regarding the restoration of older yachts that have used modern materials, and new boats built from old designs.  To ensure that all entrants are abiding by the Spirit of Tradition, yachts that are entering for the first time will be required to provide drawings and photographs for approval by the committee, who will make the final decision.

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Eros

Alternatively, there are classic yachts that meet all the criteria that are ready to charter. Eros, is a 115 feet classic schooner, and is a perfect example of a yacht that is available to charter for such a regatta. Launched in 1939, she was recommissioned as a luxury sailing yacht in 2010 after a colossal renovation and benefitted from a complete interior redecoration in 2016. She has managed to maintain her timeless splendour, without forgoing the comfort and pleasure necessary for the most discerning of guests. If you were to charter Eros, you could combine the excitement of participating in such a prestigious regatta, with the luxury and comfort expected on a superyacht. Eros is more than capable of keeping pace, and can reach speeds of up to 12 knots, making her a popular choice to charter for regattas and races.

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Eros has a comfortable outdoor dining area, perfect for watching the stunning scenery as you cruise past 

By Laura Barber

 


April 8, 2018

Crewed Motor Yachts For Charter Continued

Catching the first glimpse of Adastra while walking around Falmouth Harbour, you could be forgiven for thinking that something had literally dropped out of the sky. Surrounded by other superyachts that were available for charter, she was the most extraordinary in the marina. Your thoughts immediately turn to something you’d expect to see in a sci-fi film. The superstructure is moulded from a carbon fibre laminate on a Nomex honeycomb core, and she is powered by three engines, one in each hull. She is simply extraordinary to look at.

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With our curiosity piped, we were invited the view the yacht by Elijah, one of her long- standing crew members. We were unsure what to expect. How did you gain any living space, and where did you sleep in such a strange shaped vessel? Once inside we pleasantly surprised by the space on offer. Built in 2012, on a concept design originally conceived on a napkin by her two British owners, she is a 139ft custom built multi-hull.

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Open planned saloon and dining room

The saloon in Adastra has been cleverly designed to make the most of the unusual space on offer. She is bright and spacious, with bespoke cupboards, and seating stylishly shaped to fit the unique shape of the boat. It’s amazing to see just how well the spaces actually works.

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The master cabin

Adastra has 3 cabins and can accommodate up to six guests. There is a master, a VIP Stateroom and one twin cabin. As you tour the boat it is hard not to be impressed by the ingenuity that has been put into the design. The cabins, although modest, are created around the yachts unique shape. Cabin walls are shaped into the curve of the hull, giving a feeling of light and space. Storage is gained in cleverly hidden areas, and doors are positioned and opened in such a way that the space flows. It is remarkable what has been achieved in such a challenging space.

To charter this yacht would be a unique opportunity, as it is the first time she has been available for private charter. Although she may lack the luxury and space that is expected on a superyacht, she has an astonishing range of 7500 nautical miles. That’s twice across the Atlantic! She cruises comfortably at 17 knots, and has a top speed of 22.5 knots. She has been designed to be able to reach isolated areas quickly. Simply, there is nothing equal, or equivalent on the market.

With a crew of five, you can still be assured that your every need will be attended to. She is certainly suited to the more adventurous charterer, for those that wish to explore the more isolated and far flung places, that would have the average motor yacht turning back to port. Guests wishing to indulge in deep sea diving, she has all the equipment on board. With mixed gases and re-breathing equipment, like the yacht itself, there is no restrictions on where you wish to go.

Being a multi-hull, she is extremely stable at anchor, so you can be assured of a good night’s sleep after a busy day exploring.

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Daniel and I enjoying a drink on the foredeck.

If you charter Adastra, you can be sure that you will be turning heads wherever you go. She is dramatic and stunning at the same time. Her accomodation, although functional is both spacious and cosy. She is a complete contradiction.

By Laura Barber

 


March 30, 2018

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 18-24th April 2018

It is incredible to think that this fantastic regatta has now been running for over 30 years, and is based where it was originally founded, in the picturesque English Harbour. Of course, back in the 60s the sailing yachts were all classics. Don’t miss out on being part of this unique regatta, charter your own classic yacht today!

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View from Shirely Heights across to English Harbour

To signal the end of the chartering season in Antigua, captain and crews would challenge one another to race down to Guadeloupe. This unofficial race led to the birth of Antigua Sailing Week in 1967, which celebrated its 50th anniversary only last year. Inevitably, over the years the classics were steadily being outnumbered, as well as outmanoeuvred,  by the more modern and speedier yachts. So, in 1987, over a few glasses of rum, Captain Uli Pruesse, and Kenny Coombs, along with several other classic skippers, formed what we now know as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. In 1996, the late Kenny Coombs was also responsible for helping to develop the Spirit of Tradition class, which has now been embraced all over the world. It’s purpose was to celebrate and embrace the beauty and splendour of a past era. Classic lines, glimmering varnish, and exquisite workmanship, all the things that makes a classic yacht what it is today.

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The late Kenny Coombs

With the regatta fast approaching ensure that you don’t miss out. For those wishing to get out on the water there are many classic yachts that are available to charter for such an event. With the warm Caribbean sun, amazing turquoise waters, and incredible scenery, there isn’t much need for convincing. This is certainly one regatta you’ll want to make sure that cross off your bucket list.

By Laura Barber

 


March 22, 2018

Crewed Motor Yachts for Charter Continued…

The yacht Nero is simply breath-taking. Combining the style and lines of a classic steam yacht from the 1920’s, with state-of-the art modern technology and luxury expected of a modern yacht, she is completely unique. Built in 2007, she underwent an intensive interior refit in 2016 by renowned designer, Laura Pomponi. Nero is an impressive 295.6 feet, and can accommodate up to twelve guests in her six cabins.  With a crew of twenty, you can be assured that your every need will be taken care of.

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Nero, at anchor

Walking aboard Nero, you cannot help but be charmed by her elegance and style. She is simply stunning. We were given a tour of the yacht by one of her crew, the sheer luxury and comfort of the boat is amazing. There are plenty of social spaces to discover and enjoy, you certainly won’t find yourself getting cabin fever aboard this yacht!

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One of the many luxurious, yet cosy rooms to relax in

Nero, has an impressive six cabins that can accommodate up to twelve guests. With four double, two twin, and two double/twin, there is plenty of choice to ensure everyone’s comfort.

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One the sumptuous and spacious cabins aboard

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There are a variety of places to choose from when dine, both inside and out, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Order your favourite cocktail at this fabulous bar, which leads out onto one of the many decks. Enjoy your drink while enjoying the warm sunshine, at sunset, or while under the stars at night. 

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One of the three tenders aboard Nero

Nero, has an impressive array of water sports on offer. What better way to enjoy your time at sea then to indulge in a favourite hobby, or to try something new for the first time. With three tenders aboard there won’t be any hanging around. There are waterskis, wakeboards, and towable inflatables to keep you entertained.

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For those guests that are looking for more of a thrill, there are Sea-Doos, a Yamah Superjet 700, Seabobs, and a Flyboard. Or, if you prefer to explore the stunning coastlines in a more sedate style, use the paddle boards and canoes, and set your own pace. With the sun beating down and the turquoise warm sea beckoning, you could don some snorkel gear and disappear into the beautiful waters, and be amazed at the multi-coloured fish that teem the reefs. If you prefer to catch your fish, then there is plenty of fishing equipment aboard, and the chef will be only be too happy to cook any successes that you may have. Alternatively, for those that are feeling young at heart, you could whizz down the 8ft inflatable slide straight into the refreshing sea! With so much on offer you can be assured that no one will be getting bored.

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A quick exit into the sea!

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There are of course other ways to enjoy the water without leaving the comfort of the yacht. Nero has a 5.7 metre pool to cool off in which is located at the bow, as well as a jacuzzi to relax in at the stern.

POOL, nero

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What better way to appreciate the stunning scenery as you cruise past, then when relaxing from your own private jacuzzi. Surrounded by an abundance of sunbeds and comfortable seating, this social space on the aft deck is simply fantastic.

One of the unique benefits when chartering you own yacht is that you get to choose where you go. If you spot a secluded bay that takes your fancy, then ask the captain to drop the anchor. If you want to go ashore and enjoy a day at your chosen beach, then the crew can set up everything to ensure your every comfort. Sun chairs, parasols, and even the BBQ, if you fancied having lunch ashore. All the toys will be at your disposal, so that you can enjoy an afternoon of water-sports in the beautiful and warm, turquoise sea.

After a busy day, unwind with a film under the stars. Nero has both an interior and exterior cinema projector screens, so not only will you be having to choose which film to watch, but where to watch it!

Nero is available for charter in the Mediterranean in the summer, and in the Caribbean and Bahamas in the winter. There are suggested itineraries available, or we can create a unique one especially for you.

By Laura Barber


March 9, 2018

Crewed Motor Yachts for Charter

There are numerous luxury motor yachts available for charter and our job as yacht brokers is trying to find the one that’s the most suitable for our client. We must consider the number of guests involved, the location that they want to cruise in, and the facilities that they require aboard, to ensure that they are getting exactly what they want. The Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting, which took place in December 2017, was a great opportunity to have personal tours of these vessels, meet the captain and crew, as well as to catalogue all their individual facilities. I’ve chosen three very different motor yachts that are all available to charter to give you an insight as to what’s on offer.

LUCKY LADY

Lucky Lady is a 205.25 feet motor yacht, built in 2002 and refitted in 2012. We were given a warm welcome aboard by stewardess Chloe, who demonstrated her extensive knowledge of the boat throughout the tour, pointing out its many features and drawing our attention to the changes that have taken place under the current owners.

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The current owners are wine lovers and had this magnificent wine cabinet installed.

Despite the luxurious décor, the yacht has a warm and welcoming feeling, and is somewhere that you could easily find yourself relaxing. The rooms are lined with generous windows that will ensure that you won’t miss any of the stunning scenery as you cruise along.

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Enjoy the great views while dining

For some of our clients, privacy is of paramount importance. With a whole deck dedicated to the owner’s suite, patrons favoring their privacy can be assured of plenty of space. The master cabin is substantial, the his and her bathroom spacious, and with a sizable office and private terrace, Lucky Lady is truly unique.

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The magnificent master cabin, with his and he bathrooms either side

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Wake up to panoramic view from your bed in the master cabin

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Meals and drinks can be delivered discretely to the master cabin via this special hatch

Lucky Lady has three additional doubles, plus a twin, accommodating up to 10 guests at a time. Each of the cabins are roomy and comfortable, and there are special additions to ensure that any younger guests are kept entertained. She has a crew of 16.

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The sun deck

Lucky Lady has a substantial sun deck, where you can enjoy alfresco dining, relish the jacuzzi with it’s waterfall, or practice your golf swing with the retractable golf tee. The golf balls are bio-degradable and contained fish food! There are numerous areas for sunbathing, and you can even enjoy watching a film under the stars with the outdoor cinema. This area is somewhere you can truly relax and with its own bar you can be sure that a cocktail is not far away!

LL JACUZZI

Daniel checking out the jacuzzi

LL GOLF

Spending your time surrounded by beautiful turquoise seas, a great way to cool off is to explore the stunning reefs below, and be amazed by the numerous multi-coloured fish and turtles you are bound to encounter. There is scuba diving gear available, as well as a compressor, and for those who aren’t qualified, there is also snorkeling equipment. For those thrill seekers, there are numerous activities to keep you entertained. Try wake boarding, water skiing, or blast off into the waves on one of the two wave runners available. For a more relaxing water experience try the paddle boards, or assist the chef by catching dinner using the fishing equipment on board.

Chartering your own boat gives you the freedom to stop wherever you wish. Spot a beach that looks inviting, then ask the captain to drop the anchor and the crew will set up all the facilities you want ashore. Table and chairs, sun lounges and parasols, even take the BBQ ashore and have lunch on the beach. The crew will bring ashore all the recreational toys to ensure that everyone has a great time.

BEACH KIT LL

Trying out some of the equipment taken ashore for the beach set ups.

Lucky Lady is a spectacular motor yacht, with a cruising speed of 12 knots, reaching a top speed of 15 knots. She is available to charter in the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter. With suggested itineraries available, or customise your own, you can be sure that the crew will be on hand to offer you advice and recommendations to ensure your charter is truly memorable.

Follow my next blog where you’ll be amazed at the incredible yacht Nero, at 295 feet, she is something to behold.

By Laura Barber


February 24, 2018

Final Day of the RORC Caribbean 600

Today marks the final day of this year’s RORC Caribbean 600. It has been a challenging race to say the least, with almost half the entries retiring through illness, or because of damage sustained by their yacht. Participants are now making the most of the sunshine and wind by drying out their clothing and equipment. Falmouth Marina is awash with colour, as life jackets, wet weather gear, and safety harnesses are slung over booms and railings to dry out.

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Although bustling with activity, the marina is an image of tranquility and calm, compared to the conditions that the participants endured.  Huge waves, strong winds, and confused seas have been the most commonly used adjectives to describe the challenging weather conditions faced this year, with even some of the most seasoned of sailors suffering from sea sickness.We caught up with some of the competitors to ask them how they fared throughout the race, and their thoughts now that they were safely back on dry land.

Chris Laiolo, was one of the ten crew aboard Lancelot II, a Beneteau First 40.  Lancelot II, from Sailing Logic, was skippered by Trevor Drew. Unfortunately, Lancelot II had to retire from the race due to illness, as one of the crew was vomiting blood. We are pleased to hear that he is doing well and has now flown home. Chris had nothing but praise for the coastguards in St Kitts, where the crew member disembarked. Chris is a keen sailor but doesn’t have vast offshore racing experience. Despite having some of the most challenging weather conditions ever experienced in this race, he is keen to come back next year to have another go. It will of course cost him the price of another cruise, the penalty bestowed upon by him by wife for his participation! At least on a cruise Chris can kick back, relax, and enjoy a more serene boating experience than the one that he’s just encountered!

Whereas Chris will be heading back to the UK after the weekend, his team mate, also Chris, will be heading over to St Maarten for the Heineken Regatta, starting 1st March. We wish him all the best, and hope for calmer weather!

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Chris Laiolo (on the left) and his crew mate, also Chris.

Nestled among the impressive Superyachts that are available for charter, were the many yachts that took part. It was great to be able to see up close the different styles of racing yachts that participated.

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Racing yachts jostling for space amongst the Superyachts

Morticia, is the smallest yacht to finish this testing race. After much scrutiny by the RORC, she was deemed safe enough to take part, and with her four Australian crew,  battled huge seas, and tremendous winds. Having had a disappointing false start last year, where they were unable to compete due to gear failure, this tiny trimaran, and her heroic crew have successfully completed this tough course under very challenging weather conditions. With a diet of chocolate bars and biscuits to keep them going, and hardly any sleep, I’m sure the crew were glad to set foot ashore.

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Morticia, tied up in Falmouth

FRENCH TECH

French Tech Caribos, Multihull 50, France. Came third place in the Multihull Line Honours

George David’s American Maxi Rambler 88 has won the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 trophy. It has been an amazing race for the team, as not only did they set a new monohull record, they also won the IRC Zero.

RAMBLER LAST DAY

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Rambler 88

PARADOX LAST DAY

Paradox, at anchor in Falmouth. Peter Aschenbrenner’s Paradox won the Multihull Line Honours

We were kindly invited aboard Camiranga by crew member Claudio Beier. Unfortunately, Camiranga was one of the many boats that had to retire due to the damage that their yacht had sustained. He explained how they had initially lost their spinnaker, which took over an hour to recover, and a lot of effort and energy from the crew, which you can ill afford when participating in such a grueling race. The twelve crew of Camiranga, skippered by Samuel Albrecht, were then forced to retire after their main sail split in half. Claudio is an experienced racer, and has raced in the region before, up in the BVI. He has never faced such conditions that were seen in this race, and said he found them particularly tough, not what he was expecting in the Caribbean, they were reaching speeds of 24/25 knots! He is however keen to return next year to give it another go, and perhaps have kinder sailing conditions! Meanwhile, they are waiting for their mainsail to be repaired (they are £80,000 new), before heading north to St Maarten for the Heineken Regatta, which starts on 1st March

CAMIRANGA

Daniel chatting to Claudio

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Daniel having a turn at the helm while safely tied up!

RORC STAGE

We enjoyed lunch at the yacht club while watching the band set up for tonight’s prize giving.

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A glimpse at the coveted trophies.

With the prize giving ceremony taking place tonight they’ll be lots of celebrating as participants eagerly await the final results.

By Laura Barber


February 22, 2018

Day Three of the RORC Caribbean 600

Challenging weather conditions continue into the third day of the RORC Caribbean 600, with eight teams having successfully completed the arduous race. 34 yachts have now officially retired, demonstrating what tough racing conditions participants were faced with. There are still 40 teams still battling it out in the strong winds, and rough seas, and we hope to see as many as possible complete the course before prize-giving tomorrow evening.

It has been confirmed that Peter Aschenbrenner’s team racing Paradox, is the overall winner in the multihull category. With time correction calculated by MOCRA, they cannot be beaten. There will certainly be champagne corks popping today as they celebrate this incredible news. Congratulations to the whole team on this fantastic accomplishment.

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Paradox

There are 35 yachts in the IRC class still racing, but George David’s Rambler 88 is still in prime position to take the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.

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Rambler 88

The closest yacht to beating Rambler 88, is Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer, which completed the race in just under 52 hours. They fell short of the best corrected time by just over an hour. Boat Captain Tim Dawson, explained how they lost their headstay on the first night, and had to take a full batten out of the main sail which really hindered their upwind sail. Having participated in many races before, he said this was one of the toughest he had competed in.

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Cookson 50 Privateer

There has also been a request by Jens Kellinghusen’s Varuna,  who is currently fourth overall, for redress, as they altered their course to assist stricken yacht Fuijin.

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Varuna

Prize-giving is scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Antigua Yacht Club, Falmouth, where there will be many people celebrating their success and achievement.

By Laura Barber


February 21, 2018

Farfalla, Superyacht Sailing Charter

One of the yachts competing in this years RORC Caribbean 600 is the stunning superyacht Farfalla, which is available for private charter. Built in 2014, she is 31 metres in length, with a generous beam of 6.9 metres.

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Crew preparing for the start of the race

RORC FARFALLA HELM

Close-up of the helm station

But don’t worry, you don’t need to complete a 600 mile race to charter her! Farfalla, is a luxurious sailing sloop, with timeless styling that contributes towards her elegant appearance.

FARFALLA

She can accommodate eight guests in her four comfortable and luxurious cabins. With an experienced crew of five. You can ensure that your charter will be memorable for the right reasons.

FARFALLA CABIN

Guest cabin

FARFALLA SALOON

Saloon, note the panoramic windows.

Farfalla has all the modern conveniences that you would expect on a modern superyacht, with air-conditioning throughout, as well as WiFi. She has fantastic panoramic windows that afford you a 270-degree view of the stunning scenery as you cruise past. Farfalla has a cruising speed of 9 knots, and a top speed of 12.

To cool off, or to access many of the water toys that are available, there is a gorgeous swim platform at the stern, which gives you easy access to the sea. Farfalla, has a Williams 385 Turbojet 100HP  tender, and is kitted out with numerous toys to keep the more adventurous guests happy. Have a go at wakeboarding, water skiing, or enjoy the trill of being towed around on the ringo. Alternatively. enjoy the warm turquoise seas at your own pace and explore the coastline with the kayaks, or SUP boards. There is snorkelling gear onboard, so instead you could disappear and be amazed by the colourful underwater world, and swim among the tropical fish teeming the reefs. So, if racing around eleven of the Caribbean islands isn’t you’re cup of tea, then create an itinerary that is more to your liking, and enjoy an unforgettable holiday on this magnificent yacht.

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Farfalla, skippered by Ross Warburton, is just approaching the Antigua finishing line, with 8.3 NM to go. When completed they will be 5th in Line Honours Monohull, and Ist in the Superyacht class. Congratulations to Ross and the crew of Farfalla for achieving such an amazing accomplishment.

By Laura Barber


February 21, 2018

RORC Caribbean 600 Record Smashed!

George David has smashed his own record which he set back in 2011 by 2 hours 38 minutes and 17 seconds. Racing his American Maxi Rambler 88, he crossed the finishing line in Antigua this morning at 01:21:45 AST, completing the race in 1 day 13 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds.

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Peter Aschenbrenner’s Paradox, crossed the finishing line first, at 00:55:16 AST, with a time of 1 day, 13 hours, 5 minutes ad 16 seconds, taking first place in the Multihull Line honours for 2018. The record set for the multihulls by Phaedo 3 in 2016 is 31 hours 59 minutes and 4 seconds, with Paradox achieving a very respectable 37 hours 5 minutes and seconds.

paradox finish

Once again, the Americans have taken both the top spots, making that seven wins out of ten for the nation. Congratulations to both yachts, and their crew, for completing such a challenging and demanding course in such spectacular fashion.

By Laura Barber


February 21, 2018

Charter a Yacht for the RORC Caribbean 600

It is easy to be inspired by the amazing footage coming back from the RORC Caribbean 600 race. It is truly incredible when you see the skill and expertise that is required to participate in such an event, and witness the power wielded by mother nature, and ability of those competing in harnessing that power to their advantage.

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Racing for France, Earendil

There are opportunities available to experience this incredible race first-hand, to push yourself to the limit, and see if you’ve got what it takes to complete one of the most challenging off-shore races in the world. If you were to charter a yacht for this race, you would circum-navigate around eleven of the Caribbean islands, as far north as Anguilla and as southerly as Les Saints, in Guadeloupe. Whether you choose to take on this challenge on your own, with colleagues, friends, or family, the team work involved in completing such a demanding race will never be forgotten.

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One example of a yacht that you can charter for this race is the Volvo Open 70, called Monster Project. This 70 foot yacht has a beam of 5.7, and a top speed of 30+ knots. Monster Project was the first charter yacht to complete the RORC Caribbean 600 back in 2014, coming a very respectable 4th place. To ensure that everyone is fully prepared there is mandatory pre-race training. With the yacht fully skippered, and with a professional core crew, there is no reason for you not to fulfill this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Monster Project

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By Laura Barber